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Center for Life Course and Vulnerable Population Research (CLVR)


The Center for Life Course and Vulnerable Population Research (CLVR) is an integrated program that brings together a multidisciplinary group, including researchers, community service providers, clinicians and community members. The objective of the center is to enhance inclusion of vulnerable/special populations in research, with an emphasis on research that seeks to bridge developmental transitions throughout the life course. Through investigator support services, education, and community outreach, the Center seeks to ensure that vulnerable populations and the voice of the community are reflected in our research.

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Funding and Educational Opportunities in Life Course Course and Vulnerable Population Research

Pilot Project Grants
Pilot project grants are one-year competitive awards in the categories of Clinical and Translational Research (up to $30,000) and Life Course Research (up to $50,000). Find out more about the Pilot Project program and guidelines for life course research support.

Proposal Development Support for Pilot Projects
ACTRI began offering Life Course or Vulnerable Population Research as a category in the Pilot Project Program. Prior to submission, the Center offers reviews and advice on potential relevance of a proposed pilot project concept idea as it relates to life course research. For more information, please contact Christina Chambers.

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Seminar: Life Course Research–FMPH 291
This course examines life course research for health sciences. Emphasis will be placed on methodologies employed to estimate cumulative effects from earlier life exposures and biologic pathways to describe risks on health and disease across the life course. This course will be offered in the Winter quarter and is open to graduate level students at UC San Diego, CREST, and San Diego State University. Undergraduate degree is required. Successful completion of an introductory statistics or biostatistics is encouraged. Background courses in Life Sciences (biology, natural science, etc.) are also encouraged.

Seminars and Symposia

View Previous Life Course Seminars, Symposia, Training and Workshops

Cohorts for Life Course Research

There are many data resources that have collected longitudinal measures throughout sensitive periods of growth and development applicable to life course research. In the Cohorts listings, resources are open (through mechanisms noted) to public collaboration and highlight a variety of research areas.

Click here to view the Cohorts listings.

UCSD Biospecimen Library 

There are biospecimens in Rady and UCSD biorepositories that were collected in a manner which allows them to be used in future research. With the PI permission, we have created a biospecimen library, where catalogued information about the sample type, associated clinical data, parameters for future use, and PI contact information is maintained. The library will be updated to include additional resources as they become available. Investigators interested in adding banked biospecimens to the library should contact Gretchen Bandoli.

Click here to view the Biospecimen Library

Upcoming Events of Interest to Life Course Researchers

Wednesday, March 16th 2022

Dr. Tala Al-Rousan, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Associate Director of ACTRI Center for Life Course and Vulnerable Populations, will be speaking at the Creative Brain Week Dublin 2022. The Creative Brain Week is an online and in person events which explore and celebrate how brain science and creativity collide to see new ideas in social development, technology, entrepreneurship, wellbeing and physical, mental and brain health across the life cycle. Creative Brain Week is a Global Brain Health Institute initiative at Trinity College Dublin.
Dr. Al-Rousan will be part of a panel for Displaced Issue which is part of the Creativity, Neuroscience and Equity event, taking place on Wednesday, March 16th. The panel in the displaced issue session will discuss the enduring impacts of displacement on brain health and the healing of creativity.
Tickets for the online event can be found here: 

Creative Brain Week - Wednesday 16th March - Speaker Programme - ONLINE Tickets, Wed, Mar 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite


Gretchen Bandoli, PhD

Gretchen Bandoli, PhD Director 
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Andrea LaCroix, PhD

Andrea LaCroix, PhD
Associate Director
Professor & Division Chief, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

Tala Al-Rousan, MD, MPH
Associate Director
Assistant Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity

Gretchen Bandoli, PhD

Erin Delker, PhD
Associate Director
Postdoc researcher, Department of Pediatrics